- Sep 25, 2009
its not an american positive.sniper said:could nike be involved behind the scenes? some kind of contractual conflict with Maria?python said:this has nothing to do with politics or geopolitics but a geography.
only the eastern europeans used the drug and only them got caught so far, including the 2 ukrainian biathletes. a half a dozen to-date, iirc.
she like them got sloppy and now needs to face up. as i wrote in a xc ski thread, they got snatched in droves, b/c wada (but likely not the sport or a nat. fed) knew all along they were the users of the watch list drug.
once this mildronate entered the banned list in january 2016, it was a simple matter of developing a target list from a list of known names and methodically 'execute' them one-by-one. if wada really wants it, they can arrange the sudden ooc test in a way that ANY sports federation, even if they tried to cover it up, wont be able to. wada learned it lessons from clashes with some 'protectionist' federations like cycling
old habits die hard...they continued to use it in part due to typical human stupidity/complacency and in part due to a calcalution they wont get caught b/c the drug has a short half-life. this is essentially the same avoidance tactic used since forever to beat some steroid, growth hormone and other tests...
i don't think it was the only dope she used at one or another period of her career.
I find it suspect how quickly they jump ship, when meanwhile they're still sponsoring gatlin for instance.
and why would wada 'really want' this?
sure, she's russian, but this is basically an american positive.
we dont know yet the full circumstances around the failed test. the test managing authority for all intents and purposes is the international tennis fed. i mentioned wada not b/c i think they DID nail sharapova, but b/c they have the opportunity to do so. specifically, as i already wrote, to remain in apolitically preferential position should a federation - any federation in any sport like the uci did with armstrong - try to cover up the positive.
her sponsorship troubles or the nike double standard were not my my points.